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Tablets & laptops banned from cabin baggage on flights to USA from 10 airports

<i>Update: The UK has implemented a similar ban, though restricted to six rather than eight countries. The UK ban applies to flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.</i><p>The U.S. government has announced a ban on carrying tablets, laptops and other ‘large electronic …

United Arab Emirates

Marriott testing Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in its hotel rooms

The battle between intelligent voice assistants is moving into hotel rooms, as Marriott International is testing both Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in at least some of its hotel rooms.<p><i>Bloomberg</i> reports that the chain is putting the two platforms in a head-to-head test in its …

Hotels

Samsung's Foldable Phone Tipped for This Year

Samsung's long-rumored foldable smartphone display will finally make an appearance this year, with device likely to reach store shelves in …

Samsung

Where to find what's disappeared online, and a whole lot more: the Internet Archive

In a gleaming white former church with Greek-style pillars, under the shade of cypress trees in a quiet neighborhood of San Francisco, an effort to preserve much of what’s online, and to scan books, and save video streams from around the world, is now underway.<p>Go in the front entrance, and you may …

Libraries

Apple Watch can tell you when you’re going to get sick

Dennis Anselmo, was glad he used an Apple Watch – it saved his life when it spotted a dangerous heart condition. He’s not unique. A range of studies …

Apple Watch

By 2030, You'll Be Living in a World That's Run by Google

<i>I was asked on Quora what Google will look like in 2030. Since that is one of the most important issues the world is facing right now, I took some</i> …

Google

Most Smart TVs Spy on You. Here’s How to Make Them Stop

This week, Vizio, which makes popular, high-quality, affordable TV sets, agreed to pay a $2.2 million fine to the FTC. As it turns out, those same …

Home Theater

Could new mobile biometrics hold the key to global traveller identity?

We’ve been told to expect the end of the passport, replaced by a secure and digital traveller identification.<p>Advancements biometrics—becoming common …

Innovation

That Time Bill Gates Answered a Tech Support Call ... and Crushed It

Leaving the C-suite to spend some time in a cubicle will teach you a lot about your own company.<p>"Hello, this is Microsoft Product Support, William speaking. How can I help you?"<p>That’s exactly what he said and it's kind of a famous story in Microsoft lore. It’s worth retelling if, like me, you …

Bill Gates

A bike helmet with turn signal lights will make rides a whole lot safer

Cars have indicator lights for better safety — so why don't bicycles too?<p>The Lumos helmet is a helmet for cyclists with a prominent red brake light, as well as yellow left and right turn signals, like what you'd see on motorised vehicles.<p>Created by Jeff Chen and Ding Eu-wen, the Lumos is currently …

Bicycle Helmets

This Futuristic 3D-Printed Cast Will Heal Your Bones 80% Faster

Deniz Karasahin, a designer, has created the first prototype for a new kind of cast called the <i>Osteoid.</i> The hope is that the Osteoid will …

3D Printing

Stanford University Launches Free Course on Developing Apps with iOS 10

Whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS, Stanford University eventually releases a course telling you how to develop apps in that environment. …

iOS

Pornhub malware is spreading on the internet like an STD

Better be careful where your lust takes you tonight as hackers have found a new way to infect users. It appears the internet is currently flush with rogue Pornhub apps designed to lock you out your device and hold your smartphone hostage.<p>Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET have discovered a …

Malware

Today in Apple history: Happy birthday, Steve Jobs!

<b>February 24, 1955:</b> Steve Jobs is born in San Francisco, California. He will go on to co-found Apple and become one of the most important figures in the history of consumer technology (and he’s probably a big part of why you’re reading this website right now).<p>Happy birthday, Steve!<p>Too much to write, …

Steve Jobs

Infographic: This Map Shows the Most Valuable Brand for Each Country

The world’s most valuable brand is owned by a company that you likely interact with every day. In fact, you may have even gotten to this web page …

Customers

Cloudbleed bug: Everything you need to know

The internet has a new security bug called Cloudbleed and it's pretty bad. We explain what it is, how it affects you and what you can do.<p>Cloudbleed is the latest internet bug that puts users private information in jeopardy. News of the bug broke late on Thursday, but there is already a lot of …

Information Security

The guide to password security (and why you should care)

Find out how your password security can be compromised, and how to create and manage secure passwords.<p>Passwords -- especially those not supported by two-step verification -- are your last lines of defense against prying eyes. This guide will help you understand how those passwords are exposed, and …

Security

From rejecting the iPod to turning down Google: The biggest mistakes in tech history

Steve Jobs

How to reduce iPhone data usage

You want to enjoy all the benefits of having an iPhone – without breaking the bank on a pricy data plan. Short of paring down your phone use, what …

Take a look at Facebook's gorgeous data centers from around the world

Facebook is one of the most heavily-trafficked websites on the internet. As such, the company has set up vast infrastructure to support its billion-plus users.<p>In 2011, Facebook announced the Open Compute Project as a way to openly share the designs for its data centers — "to spark a collaborative …

Facebook

10 Must-Have Tools for Small Businesses

In order to keep your efficiency up and allow yourself to focus on the tasks most important to your business, you need to know what are the best tools available.<p>In a world where entrepreneurship is so large and only getting larger, you need to stay on top of all the latest tools available for your …

Small Business

Everything you need to know about Google's My Activity page

Yes, Google does know everything about you.<p>What does Google know about you? Everything.<p>Seriously -- everything. Especially if you frequently use Google's many products, such as Android, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, or YouTube. Or, you know, Google Search.<p>But there's some good news, sort of. Google …

Google

These Are the 20 Best iPhone Apps to Download Right Now

These belong on your home screen.<p>Have an afternoon to burn and want to download some toys? These are our must-have iPhone apps.

Apps

WhatsApp launches two-step verification for all users to improve account security, here’s how to enable it

WhatsApp, the popular free cross-platform messaging app, is today launching a two-step verification security feature for all users of the service. The feature adds an additional layer of protection by requiring a passcode when resetting and verifying your account.<p>This combats a recent hack where if …

Security

3 Smartphone Camera Settings You Should Try Out

It wasn’t all that long ago that simply having a phone with a camera in it was relatively rare. Not so today!Now, the cameras on our smartphones are …

Photography
Business Planning

AirSelfie: The World's Smallest Flying Camera for Your Smartphone

Everyone has had that moment when you travel and want to take a picture with the landscape and your friend but a selfie of the two of you just won’t …

Electrolux buys sous vide machine maker Anova for $250 million

The Swedish appliance giant announced early Monday that it would buy the US-based sous vide startup.<p>Electrolux, the world's second largest appliance company, will buy the precision cooker manufacturer Anova Culinary for $250 million, the companies announced Sunday.<p>"Although we, from afar, come …

Cooking

WhatsApp beta 2.17.44 brings new emojis including facepalm, shrug, crossed fingers and more

The latest emojis are found in Unicode 9.0 and Emoji 4.0.<p>A new WhatsApp beta for Android bundles new emojis that users have been anticipating for a …

Apps